Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation:
By Jay Schabacker
A Book Review
I love to read. I have literally read hundreds if not thousands of books, and many of them about science, creation and evolution. Many of the books that I have read are deep, scholarly and theological, so reading Purposeful Design was a nice change from the usual. This ‘coffee table’ book, as the author aptly described it himself, is a simple and beautifully illustrated volume (read: lots of pictures!) that looks at the wonders and marvels of our created universe.
In this book, the author explores many different examples from nature that reminded me of elementary school science class – from the rotation of the moon around the earth and the rain cycle, to the changing seasons and the usefulness of the stars in celestial navigation. And lest you think that Shabacker is merely teaching a science lesson for children, he does a fantastic job of marrying both the marvels of nature with the Scriptural account of the six days of creation, showing how all of these wonders were created by God for mankind’s benefit.
After exploring the vastness of the universe, the book then turns its attention on the created order on the earth – from the plants and animals, to God’s greatest masterpiece: human beings. As the author takes us on journey through God’s design of our remarkable body, one can’t help but stand in awe of the greatness of our Creator’s genius. It’s amazing to know that, “There are 17 million bits of information in one human cell, and there are more than 250 genes in each cell.”
Without becoming preachy, when the author comes to the end of the book in chapter seven “The Seventh Day,” he gently declares, “The Bible makes clear that our Designer wants us to recognize the need to refresh ourselves and think of Him – at least once a week.” His hope – and mine – is that those who read through this short little book will recognize (if indeed they haven’t already) that our incredibly ordered universe came to be so through the loving care and creation of a Good God, and that they would be encouraged to seek to know Him for themselves – through His Word (the Bible) and His family (the Church).
- You can purchase a copy of this book from Amazon.ca HERE.
Book Review by Chris Jordan.
Note – the publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book through BookCrash in return for my reviewing this book on my blog.